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North Carolina 17U Top Performers from The Bob Gibbons TOC

18, May 2022

North Carolina 17U Top Performers from The Bob Gibbons TOC

SUWANEE, GA - The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions is one of the longest running events in the country and the state of North Carolina had some firepower down just outside of Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. Let's take a look at who stood out in the 17U division. 

 

Dylan Purnell

Raleigh, NC

Class
2023
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Position
SF
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Height
6' 5"
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National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR


Dylan Purnell, Team Trezz - Length and motor. Purnell was a huge piece in Team Trezz‘s run To the championship game of the Bob Gibbons tournament of champions. He Has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting from beyond the three-point line, he runs the floor always filling in the gaps and finishing with plays at the rim, and he has length to block and alter shots. He currently holds offers from Chowan and Livingstone and with a strong June and July Live Period coming up he can see his recruitment takeoff even more. - Justin Byerly

Antonio Perkins

Charlotte, NC

Class
2023
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Position
SG
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Height
6' 3"
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School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
57
State Pos. Rank
14

 

Antonio Perkins, 1 of 1 Elite - Perkins has been on a roll since Louisville at our Grassroots Showcase. He is a physically strong guard that uses his strength to overpower defenders. He is one of those guys that has the ability to score from all spots on the floor but also has the willingness to get dirty. He will defend, he will rebound and he will play with a motor all game. He has the size to be effective at the collegiate level and the college-ready body. He went off in one game over the weekend with a 25-point outburst. - Justin Byerly 

John Henderson

Henderson, NC

Class
2023
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Position
SF
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Height
6' 4"
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School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
34
State Pos. Rank
9

JJ Henderson, Dream Big Elite - Strong upper body with length at the guard spot or small forward spot for former Word of God and JUCO All-American guard Camden Scott and his Dream Big Elite program. Henderson is an athletic guard that can score from all spots on the floor and make plays with or without the ball. He can handle the ball off the rebound and will go right at the rim with whoever is around. On the defensive side, he can cause problems with his length and his quickness. Henderson helped lead Dream BIg Elite to the championship game of two events this travel season with HoopSeen, The Carolina Jam and The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Not bad for a team only in its third year of existence. - Justin Byerly

 

RJ Bridges

Raleigh, NC

Class
2023
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Position
CG
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Height
6' 3"
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National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

RJ Bridges, Dream Big Elite - Bridges came up with one of the biggest shots on the biggest stage in May at The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He made a running floater three-pointer with a few seconds left to propel Dream Big Elite to the championship game in the red bracket. The combo  guard for DB Elite is a natural scoring guard that thrives at getting into the lane and making tough finishes. He can score from the perimeter and the mid-range but he couples all of this with being a solid defender with length. One intangible that Bridges has, is the ability to get to the FT line. He does it consistently. - Justin Byerly

Dakota Gordon

Raleigh, NC

Class
2023
| |
Height
6' 3"
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National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Dakota Gordon, Team Wall - I haven’t seen a guy shoot the ball as well as team walls Dakota Gordon did in Saturday’s game for team wall. He made 93 pointers and scored 31 points in the wind. He has a good set shot. He is always moving without the ball to get open on the perimeter and he did a good job of scoring when getting into the lane. The Raleigh native has a high basketball IQ, understands spacing and where to be out on the floor and has a smooth overall game that translates well when his shooting gets hot. One thing I noticed about Gordan was that he didn’t force many shots, some guys that get in the zone will eventually start forcing shots and he never did that. - Justin Byerly 


 


Justin Byerly
State Editor

Justin Byerly has spent the past 15 years covering North Carolina prep and grassroots basketball. He has previously worked with The Recruit Scoop and Rivals.com. In addition to that he has contributed to The USA Today, Charlotte Observer, The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Sun News. He has held The Justin Byerly Upstate/WNC Showcase the past two years and has helped student-athletes from North Carolina and South Carolina receive college scholarships. He owns The Byerly Report scouting service that has over 100 college subscriptions. Justin resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Danielle and four children.